Two Ontario police officers charged in death of Oneida Nation of the Thames woman

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Debra Chrisjohn, 39, was a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames

by Mark Blackburn, APTN National News, July 13, 2017

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has charged two police officers with the death of Debra Chrisjohn, 39, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames. Read the rest of this entry

Cleveland Indians’ logo still under fire from activist

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“Chief Wahoo,” official logo of the Cleveland Indians.

Canadian Douglas Cardinal wants baseball team to drop ‘racist’ symbol

By Jamie Strashin, CBC Sports, July 13, 2017

As Major League Baseball gears up for the season’s second half, one of the game’s most controversial symbols will remain.

Chief Wahoo — the toothy caricature that has long appeared on the Cleveland Indians’ uniforms and other team paraphernalia — will be allowed to stick around. At least for now. Read the rest of this entry

Tensions rise as Mohawk activists square off with Oka mayor over development

Oka protest ellen gabrielCTV Montreal, July 12, 2017

A real estate development in Oka is raising tensions in the Mohawk community of Kanehsatà:ke.

On Wednesday morning, a group of protesters led by Mohawk rights activist Ellen Gabriel squared off with Oka Mayor Pascal Quévillon.

Four hundred homes are planned for a plot of land adjacent to The Pines – the land at the heart of the 1990 Oka Crisis. Read the rest of this entry

Halifax mayor cautions against protesters’ plans to tear down Cornwallis statue

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A statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax. Cornwallis, a governor of Nova Scotia, was a British military officer who founded Halifax in 1749. The same year, he issued the so-called scalping proclamation, offering a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi’kmaq person.

Removing statue now will ‘set back progress’ on reconciliation with Mi’kmaq people, says Mike Savage

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News, July 11, 2017

Halifax’s mayor says forcibly removing the statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax will set back progress on reconciliation with Mi’kmaq people.

A group of protesters is planning to tear down a statue of Cornwallis in a south-end park this Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

‘We’re not leaving’: Tempers flare between First Nation, RCMP amid wildfire evacuation order

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Chief Joe Alphons of the Tl’etinqox First Nation said 300 people from his community have stayed behind, choosing not to obey an evacuation order for the area. (CBC)

‘Community stress levels were really high … I kind of lost it a little bit,’ chief says

By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News July 11, 2017

A B.C. First Nations chief says emotions ran high between himself and the RCMP when he told officers residents wouldn’t be obeying an evacuation order as several wildfires threaten the community. Read the rest of this entry

The Oka Crisis in 5 minutes

 

The Oka Crisis was supposed to be a wake-up call. Little has changed in 27 years

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A picture taken during the Oka Crisis on July 11, 1990. (Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press)

By Steve Bonspiel, for CBC News, July 11, 2017

“Just go in there and exterminate them like the rats they are.”

“What are we waiting for? Let’s get rid of them.”

“Put them all in the Big O and blow it up.”

I heard these words from random non-Natives as a 14-year-old boy, 27 years ago to the day. I feel a mixture of pride, anger, sadness and resolve when I think of that fateful summer, and what went on for those 78 days in Kanesatake: the Oka Crisis. Read the rest of this entry

Why grassroots activists should resist being ‘professionalised’ into an NGO

Businessman pointing on NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) signHuman rights activists are lured by donor funding to become ‘professional’ NGOs. But efficient doesn’t necessarily mean effective

by Sunil Babu Pant, The Guardian, July 7, 2017

Activists from the global south hear, far too often, from our donors that we should “learn how to become professional” and “make NGO management efficient”. Let’s decode what that means.

Professional means “a person engaged or qualified in a profession”. Donors would like you to be a “professional” activist and want to see you approaching human rights work as a profession. Read the rest of this entry

Bug Out Bag System

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A forest fire burns near Kelowna, BC, 2013.

by Sakej Ward, July 9, 2017
Considering the wild fires in BC and the provincial state of emergency, I know their is a lot of our people wondering how to prepare for such an emergency. I want to help out, a little bit, by providing a packing list for a Bug Out Bag System, think of it as a evacuation bag list. If you are in a threatened area and may have to face the threat of a wild fire start to prepare now.  Hope is not a strategy! Read the rest of this entry

Shirtless police officer steps on handcuffed man’s back, doctor watches at First Nation nursing station

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Still image from video shows police standing on Romeo Wesley’s back as he lays handcuffed on the floor.

Coroner’s inquest examines how Romeo Wesley, 34, died after being restrained at Cat Lake nursing station

By Jody Porter, CBC News, July 10, 2017

Police officers pepper-sprayed Romeo Wesley, subdued him with a baton, handcuffed him, then stepped on his back and neck with their boots on the night the 34-year-old died at the Health Canada nursing station in Cat Lake First Nation. Read the rest of this entry